Old Norman Hall is officially closed and the rehabilitation work has begun. Before any construction could start, we had to move everything out… EVERYTHING. Including things we didn’t think about.
Have you ever wondered what’s in the lockers left over from when Norman Hall housed P.K. Yonge?
So, it wasn’t exactly The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vault but it was still a fun to take a trip down memory lane in these make-shift time capsules. This was just one of the seemingly infinite steps toward the commencement of this long-awaited rehabilitation project which has finally come to fruition.
We’re on the move
Even though we’re officially out of the historic building, faculty and staff are still at various stages of moving/settling into temporary spaces both in new Norman and around campus, including: Yon Hall, the Athletic Association, and the Ayers/720 Building. Our newly-separated colleagues are ready to accommodate visitors, just be sure to contact them first to be sure of their new location.
Blaze new trails
Construction fencing will surround Old Norman on all sides. The small parking lot on the northeast side of the college will also be closed for construction use. As construction fencing goes up, a new walkway/bikeway from the parking garage to the SW 13th Street underpass will be constructed and walkways, bike paths, and access points will be rerouted. The path will be located between the Norman Field and Old Norman. Also, all bike racks are being moved to new cement pads outside the fenced area which can be found on the SW and NE sides of the building. Wayfinding signage, like below, will be posted around the site soon.
Asbestos abatement, demolition, and other external site work will continue for the next several months. Access to Old Norman and all other places under construction are strictly off limits due to hazardous material work. Be sure to use caution as you learn the new navigation of our area.
More construction news:
- The Education Library will not open in time for Summer B as we anticipated. The revised completion date is just before the fall semester begins. However, instructors and students using classrooms under the library during the second half of summer can rejoice as loud construction noises will cease by the end of July as the new furniture is installed, shelves are assembled, and books are returned to their proper place – all quieter activities.
- The entirety of New Norman will continue to undergo planned facility changes and improvements as students, faculty and staff settle in, including:
- Continued renovation work to air conditioning, electrical system, and data ports
- Power washing
- Water fountain upgrades including bottle fillers
- Restroom improvements
Please be patient with us during this transitional time and please contact us with any questions or comments.